The current population of Nebraska is estimated to be 1.94 million people. In April 2019, state utilities used coal (47.1%), renewable energy (30.9%) and nuclear energy (22.0%) to generate electricity. Wind, hydropower and solar are the primary sources of renewable energy in Nebraska.
Nebraska is one of only 20 states that doesn’t have a renewable energy standard, that mandates the amount of renewable energy utilities must use to generate electricity. Nebraska is one of 36 states with a state-run loan program for renewable energy electricity generation projects.
Power from wind, solar and hydropower is now cheaper than any fossil fuel, especially coal. Economics are causing Nebraska utilities to replace coal-fired coal plants with clean, green, low cost renewable energy.
EDF Renewables has commenced construction on the Milligan wind farm in southeastern Nebraska. The 232 MW capacity wind farm is scheduled to commence operation by year end 2020. EDF Renewables, headquartered in San Diego, California; develops and operates renewable energy projects.
Infrastructure and Energy Alternatives (IEA) and EDF Renewables have recently announced plans to build the Milligan 1 wind farm in southeast Nebraska. The 300 MW capacity wind farm is scheduled to commence operation by year end 2020. IEA, headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana develops and operates utility scale wind farms in the United States and Canada.
The cheapest sources of electricity without any government incentives are onshore wind, solar and hydropower. The cost to generate electricity from coal is more than double the cost of onshore wind. Coal-fueled power plants across America are continuing to close and be replaced by renewable energy because of economics. Even climate change skeptics like to save money!
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